U.S. officials: Fugitive in Victoria Co. vehicular homicide caught in Austin

 

From the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Hector Garcia, 49, of Austin was arrested yesterday evening by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force without incident in the 1400 block of Meander in Austin.  Garcia was sought by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office pursuant to an arrest warrant issued from the Victoria County District Court charging Garcia with Bail Jumping and Failure to Appear.

 

Garcia was previously indicted in 2014 with negligent homicide where the victim, Natalie Luna, 22, mother of two (2) at the time of her death, was hit by a vehicle allegedly driven by Garcia.  Luna subsequently died as a result of her injuries.  Garcia was acquitted in 2015 of criminally negligent homicide in 2015.

 

The 13th Court of Appeals in 2016 reversed certain appellate claims resulting in a new indictment handed down Garcia scheduled for a trial.  Garcia failed to appear for court hearings resulting in his arrest warrants being issued.

 

Garcia will be remanded to the custody of the Travis County Sheriff pending his extradition to Victoria County, Texas.

 

 

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin –

Austin Police Department-Tactical Intelligence Unit

Buda, Cedar Park, Kyle, San Marcos Police Department

Travis, Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office

Texas Attorney General’s Office

Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG

Texas Department of Public Safety

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement

U.S. DHS/Homeland Security Investigations

U.S. Marshals Service

DPS on alert for dangerous drivers on Texas roads, offers holiday travel tips

From the Texas Department of Public Safety:

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to help make the holidays safer by driving sober and using extra caution. In an effort to protect travelers on our roadways, DPS Troopers, as well as local law enforcement across the state, will conduct traffic patrols throughout the holiday weekends of Dec. 23 – 26 and Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other dangerous drivers.

“Impaired driving or reckless behavior on the road can turn holiday celebrations into tragedies, and these DPS patrols are designed to help save lives by identifying drivers who disregard the law and endanger others,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “By always driving sober, obeying traffic laws, and slowing down or moving over a lane when vehicles are stopped on the side of the road, Texans can help make our roads safer for everyone.”

During the eight-day Christmas/New Year holiday enforcement effort last year, DPS troopers made 466 DWI arrests. DPS enforcement efforts also resulted in 9,174 speeding citations, 893 seat belt/child safety seat citations, 320 fugitive arrests and 286 felony arrests during the enforcement period.

DPS offers the following additional tips for safe travel during the holidays:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver or take a cab.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas and heavy traffic.
  • Eliminate distractions, including the use of mobile devices.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
  • Don’t drive fatigued.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and check the weather forecast before your trip begins.

DPS: Reward increased to $12,500 for fugitive suspect in Temple shooting

From the Texas Department of Public Safety:

(Images courtesy DPS.)
(Images courtesy DPS.)

The reward for Justin Lane Slatton Jr., 20, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and this month’s featured fugitive, has been increased to $12,500 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during the month of September. Bell County Crime Stoppers and San Angelo Crime Stoppers are also offering rewards for information leading to his arrest. Slatton, who has ties to the Latin Kings gang, is wanted for murder and burglary of building.

Slatton’s last known address was in San Angelo, and he has ties to the area. Slatton is a suspect in connection with an April 2016 shooting in Temple that left two Bell County men dead. His criminal history includes theft of a firearm, escape while arrested/confined and burglary of a building. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/fugitiveDetails.aspx?id=329.

Slatton is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 165 pounds. He has several tattoos, including a five-point star on his left hand, the number five (dice style) on his left wrist, the shape of Texas on his right hand and multiple neck tattoos. (Note: The above image on the left is from 2014 and before Slatton had neck tattoos; the other image is more recent.)

One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips.

To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters must provide information to authorities using one of the five following methods:

• Call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477).
• Text the letters “DPS” – followed by your tip – to 274637 (CRIMES) from your cell phone.
• Submit a web tip through the DPS website by selecting the fugitive you have information about, and then clicking on the link under their picture.
• Submit a Facebook tip at http://www.facebook.com/texas10mostwanted by clicking the “SUBMIT A TIP” link (under the “About” section).
• Submit a tip through the DPS Mobile App. The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/texas-dps/id902092368?mt=8 and for Android users on Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microassist.texasdps&hl=en.

All tips are anonymous – regardless of how they are submitted, and tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.

DPS investigators work with local law enforcement agencies to select fugitives for the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and Sex Offender lists. You can find the current lists – with photos – on the DPS website at http://www.dps.texas.gov/texas10mostwanted/.

Do not attempt to apprehend these fugitives; they are considered armed and dangerous.